Category: Unforgotten American History

Spain sells Florida to the United States

On February 22, 1819, by the Adams-Onís TreatySpain sells Florida to the United States for five million U.S. dollars.

First sewing machine patent

On February 21, 1842, John Greenough is granted the first U.S. patent for the sewing machine.

Sherman burns South Carolina State House

On February 18, 1865, Union forces under Major General William T. Sherman set the South Carolina State House on fire during the burning of Columbia.

Electoral tie between Jefferson and Burr resolved

On February 17, 1801, an electoral tie between Thomas Jefferson and Aaron Burr is resolved when Jefferson is elected President of the United States and Burr Vice President by the United States House of Representatives.

Union captures Fort Donelson

On February 16, 1862, General Ulysses S. Grant captures Fort DonelsonTennessee.